Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019, 4:00pm, Falvey Hall
Sponsored by the Mixed Media Lecture Series
Brooklyn-based artist Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work often addresses matters of the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life – actual and virtual – especially as they affect women. For many years Rosler has produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. In 2004 and 2008, in opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she reinstituted her now well-known series of photomontages House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, made as a response to the war in Vietnam in the late 1960s. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification.
Martha Rosler was born in Brooklyn, where she continues to live and work. She attended the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the University of California, San Diego, where she received her BFA and MFA respectively. She has had solo exhibitions at various institutions, internationally and in the US, including The Jewish Museum, New York (2018); the Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle (2016); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); The Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain (2009-10); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990); and the Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2013); the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2008). Rosler has also published 17 books of photography, art, and writing, in several languages. She received the Guggenheim Museum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 6:00pm Parkway Theater
Sponsored by the Mixed Media Lecture Series
Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her sculptures take towers as their central theme, drawing together a wide variety of associations: power, wealth, technological and urban development, ideas of progress and globalism. Al-Hadid constructs forms that are a baroque complex of architectural structures and figurative allusions which appear to be in a state between construction and deconstruction. She re-interprets a variety of common sculpture materials, such as cardboard, wood, plaster and metal to create sculptures that are simultaneously dense with material yet seemingly ethereal and gravity defying. Many of Al-Hadid’s newer pieces blur the boundary between sculpture and painting.
Al-Hadid attended Kent State University where she received her BFA and later attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her MFA in sculpture. Notable solo Exhibitions include, Akron Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Nasher Sculpture Center. Al-Hadid has also shown in numerous Public Collections, which include, the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, Judith Rothschild Collection.
ALEX DA CORTE
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 4:00pm, Location TBA
Alex Da Corte works with objects and materials that are detached from their original function to give them new potential both symbolically and formally. In working with these objects, Da Corte tries to put aside his own touch in order to reveal and locate the previous touches, the objects own story. In Alex Da Corte’s artwork objects can even act as stand-ins for people: they represent another kind of language that we can pair together to create these sentences that turn into poetry.
Da Corte’s works belongs to a state of delusion where logic is put aside in order to access the stranger parts of our brains. In this state, the detached objects may seem to be destroying their own icon but Da Corte reminds us, commonly through the American diners never-changing inventory, the bottle of ketchup and the black cup of coffee, that in believing we can undo the icon, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Alex Da Corte works with large scale installations that often include both wall based works, floor pieces, sculptures, lights, colours and scents as well as works from other artists. Da Corte has roots in the pop-art tradition and an incredible love and feeling for colours as well as a sense of how the high-aesthetic may also contain a sense of humour. However, the ‘comedy’ is well balanced with more sincere aspects as some of the works turn mournful or macabre or just plain heart breaking.
Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Karma Gallery, New York, NY, US (2018); Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK (2017); New Museum, New York, NY, US (2017); The Secession, Vienna, AT (2017); HEART Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, DK (2016); MassMoca, MA, US (2016); Gio Marconi, Milan, IT (2015); Luxembourg & Dayan, NY, US (2015); ICA Philadelphia, PA, US (2014); White Cube, London, UK (2014); David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2014); Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, SE (2014); ICA Portland, ME, US (2013); Artspeak, Vancouver, CA (2013); Joe Sheftel Gallery, NY, US (2012).
Selected Group Exhibitions include shows at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, US (2017); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US (2017); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DK (2016); Mitchell, Innes & Nash, NY, US (2014); Zach Feuer, NY, US (2013); Rachel Uffner, NY, US (2013); David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2012); Nicole Klagsbrun, NY, US (2011); MoMA, NY, US (2011); Hammer Museum, LA, US (2010); Yvon Lambert, NY, US (2010); MoMA/PS1, NY, US.
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 4:00pm Lazarus Auditorium
Xiaoyu Weng is the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim. At the Guggenheim, she has cocurated the exhibitions Tales of Our Time (2016–17) and One Hand Clapping, on view from May 4 through October 21, 2018.